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As a non-EU Bachelor’s student, you can apply for the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship. There are also other sources of financial aid for both Dutch and international students.

Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS)

We aim to attract the world’s brightest students to our international classrooms. Therefore, outstanding students from outside the EU can apply for the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship. The value of the scholarship is €6,000 per year (a total of €18,000). A limited number of scholarships are available each year for non-EU students.

The application for the scholarships is closed. The deadline was 15 January 2021.

  • Scholarship criteria and application process

    General Criteria Amsterdam Merit Scholarship

    In order to be considered for the AMS, you need to meet the following general criteria:

    • You hold a non-EU nationality.
    • You have excellent academic results (for example 90-100% / A-A*)
    • You are not entitled to receive a Dutch study grant or loan ("Studiefinanciering").
    • You do not receive a full coverage scholarship for the same period of study as the AMS.
    • You have submitted a complete application to one of the Economics and Business' programmes of UvA - Economics and Business, including an English test score.
    • You are able to comply with the conditions to obtain a Dutch visa (if applicable).

    Selection criteria

    Eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship on the basis of their academic excellence and promise in the proposed field, as evidenced by:

    • An excellent GPA (90-100% / A-A*).
    • Motivation letter (not more than 300 words) to tell us why you deserve this scholarship including eventual financial needs.
    • Proof of English proficiency (if applicable)*:
      • TOEFL IBT: overall score of 100 (minimum score of 22 in each component);
      • IELTS (Academic test): overall score of 7.0 (minimum score of 6.0 in each component);
      • Cambridge Assessment English: Certificate in Advanced English: 190 points overall and in each skill or Certificate of Proficiency in English: 190 points overall and in each skill.

    *You are exempted from taking the English test if you have a secondary school diploma from a school located in and accredited by the respective authorities in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, or the US.

    Application process

    1. Apply for the BSc programme via Studielink and the online application form (Embark)
    2. Apply for the scholarship by submitting the scholarship application form
      1. GPA/transcript
      2. Motivation letter explaining why you deserve this scholarship (300 words)
      3. Recommendation letter from a dean, teacher or academic supervisor
      4. English proficiency test

    Payment of the scholarship

    Please note that the scholarship works on a reimbursement basis and is not a tuition fee waiver. You will therefore have to arrange the payment of your tuition fee yourself. The scholarship will be paid out in 12 equal installments.


    Please contact us.

Limited number of scholarships

We provide a limited number of scholarships for excellent students. The total amount for the AMS, dedicated to Economics and Business, is established annually. As the actual number of scholarships is derived from this amount, no fixed number is in place.